mail filter in python?

François Pinard pinard at
Mon Feb 7 12:10:01 EST 2000

Gerrit Holl <gerrit.holl at> writes:

> The procmail syntax is really obfuscated.

You get used to it, or at least, the part that you need.  We both quite
understand than mouse-clicking teenagers would be completely lost in it :-).

> What about creating a mail filter with a Python syntax?  Shouldn't be too
> difficult, just create some functions (drop, match_header) and execfile()
> a file with the rexec module...

Do not underestimate what `procmail' does.  It has a _lot_ of features, and
was debugged over many years, by a rather careful programmer.  Of course,
one may try and do better, this is often how programs evolve.  But the
overall problem might much, much more obfuscated than procmail syntax :-).

François Pinard

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